The art of writing, so I am discovering, is not as simple as just writing a group of words, and making sentences to express a thought, image or idea. Nor is it in the grammar.
The words themselves have to be taken into consideration.
A writer has to show a story, not tell and some words interfere with the showing.
When I first read the article by Robbie Blair (check out this website: https://litreactor.com/columns/8-words-to-seek-and-destroy-in-your-writing ), my heart sank, I had used most of the words he mentioned – a lot. Curious, I explored further and found other words.
One word in particular become a sore point for me as I tended to use it quite a lot, is that. I know the word has its place in language, but I have to say when I have removed that word from a sentence, I’ve had to really think about sentence structure and most times the removal of that word makes a difference. And there is another word – really. The list goes on and so far, I have gathered over thirty words.
In all, the word – that – seems to be my major downfall. It’s sort of ironic that words we use in everyday conversation are not really conducive to storytelling. And I’m discovering without these words my writing is tighter and the story easier to read. I have rewritten sentences and in a few cases paragraphs. But as I want to ‘show’ my story, I’m going to keep plucking certain words from my writing.
At least that is the idea.
I am only human after all.